What Is a Woman of God?
Today, we're welcoming back a familiar voice to the Gospel Blog. Sister Alena Ricci is returning to share with us what she has learned by studying the women of the Bible. This is the first in a series of future posts that will each feature one female from Scripture. Today's article gives some personal background on why Sister Alena embarked on this scope of study, and tomorrow's article will be the first of her character profiles.
When I first started this project, I went in with the mindset of learning what a woman of God looks like. And, yes, I could just head over to Proverbs 31, but I have never done well by learning from a sort of hypothetical set of ideals (but more on this wise woman later). Instead, I wanted to see what every woman was like, their mistakes and their triumphs, their sins and the grace that they received from God.
It’s important to note that there are a lot of other women in Scripture that I could highlight, but the articles I’m sharing with you are about the women that I deeply connected with, the ones that I felt I gained something substantial by studying their stories, thoughts, feelings, faith, etc.
What I hope you get is a sense of personhood from diving into the women of the Bible. I hope you see that these women were living, breathing people, and they may not have had Facebook, but they lived lives just like us: sinners saved by grace (and grace upon grace upon grace). I hope that no matter who you are, woman or man, you see what I saw: that God literally uses anyone and speaks to everyone and lets us decide if we’re going to listen.
What I wanted to walk away with was this sense of “wow, I really feel connected to this story,” and I did for a lot of them. But what I walked away with the most was a sense of wonder at how good God is to each and every one of us, how His plan is always present and moving, and how He never forgets or ignores us.
Interestingly enough, I made a list of women, and then I started randomly with the Queen of Sheba and continued to pop around from story to story instead of going in the order they appear in Scripture. This actually gave me a sense of continuity in God’s plan, that each woman was part of it.
I hope that you see this, too, and I pray that you can connect with each one of these stories like I did. I hope you see the grace I saw and the faith that I witnessed; I hope you feel uplifted like I did. When the movie "Wonder Woman" came out a couple years ago, there were a lot of tweets about how women left the theater feeling like they could go and win a war, and I hope reading these articles leaves you feeling like that: man or woman, you could go and win a war.
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.